Checking in mid-weekend from the wilds of Massachusetts
May 27 2001 at 1:59 PM
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I just came back from seeing, "Pearl Harbor." It's just so-so. The good thing about it is that kids who have never heard of WWII will now have some understanding of what happened.
The movie is 3 hours long, or maybe it's just one hour long and seems 3 hours. The attack comes in hour 3, along with Doolittle's Raid, so anything important gets crammed into the last 60 or so minutes. The rest of it establishes the love story, although there is a bit of action over in England as one of the heroes goes over to join the Eagle Squadron of the RAF.
Sorry Mako, but you were miscast as Yamamoto. John Voight plays an outstanding FDR. Alec Baldwin, to my surprise, makes an effective Jimmy Doolittle.
It's funny that with all the technology and all the special effects and computer generated hooyah, they still can't beat the Pearl Harbor attack in, "From Here to Eternity," nor can they match the suspense of, "Tora! Tora! Tora!"
One thing that I applaud them for, though, is they spared nothing to show you the magnitude of the casualties that were suffered there. However, this is no, "Saving Private Ryan."